Monday, March 20, 2017

1) Students Freeport Papua Request Closed


2) Freeport threatens action over copper mine dispute
3) First Papuan appointed police chief outside region
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1) Students Freeport Papua Request Closed

Around 400 students from various universities in Jayapura, Papua, today held a peaceful demonstration asking the government to immediately shut down operations of PT Freeport Indonesia. The reason is because it does not provide a profit for the people of Earth Cenderawasih.
Hundreds of students came and gathered in front of the Post Office across the street Territory of Papua and West Papua, then unfurled large banners with the inscription "Close Freeport".
"Close Freeport, Freeport does not have a significant impact to Papua," said one protester as reported by Antara on Monday (20/3).
After the title speech in front of the Post Office Territory of Papua and West Papua, hundreds of students were joined by hundreds of other students who came from the Campus of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) aboard eight trucks and two-wheelers. They moved to continue the demo to the center of the city of Jayapura.
Police officers from the police and Sabhara Abepura Jayapura Police escorted the march to the center of Jayapura.
Along the road into the center of the city of Jayapura, the protesters, who boarded the truck continued to shout slogans lid Freeport. The action is to invite the attention of road users and the surrounding community.
"Already last week, many residents of similar action titles," said Popi, a resident of Abepura.
Earlier, at the weekend about 300 residents, coordinated by GP Ansor Papua and West Papua, Miners Association Rakyat Indonesia's Papua province and the Indonesian Islamic Students Movement and representatives of indigenous Papuans staged the same.
This action firmly supports the government, of which asked the company to build a smelter in Papua, Freeport must pay taxes of surface water that reached Rp 3.5 trillion, and the divestiture of up to 51 percent.
"Freeport must obey and submit to the Government of Indonesia. Freeport to pay taxes, smelter, and provide benefits for the people of Papua," said the representative of the indigenous Papuans Oktovianus Wally.
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2) Freeport threatens action over copper mine dispute
SARA SCHONHARDTThe Australian12:00AM March 20, 2017
Freeport-McMoRan’s standoff with Indonesia over the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine is entering a new phase, as the company scales back operations while trying to force a resolution to the dispute.
Last month, the US miner threatened to take Indonesia to arbitration, saying new rules the country imposed on miners in January violated the terms of an operating agreement struck in 1991 that runs to 2021.
The rules are part of a broad ­effort to gather more revenue from the mining sector. Under the rules, Freeport is banned from ­exporting a form of unrefined copper until it agrees to new operating rights that would eventually force it to cede control of Grasberg, the second-largest copper mine in the world, to Indonesian entities.
With the two sides at loggerheads, the miner lowered its output target for Grasberg, shelved investment plans and began laying off workers.
The showdown has reached a critical juncture. A prolonged standoff would be a financial blow to Freeport, which derives about one-third of its copper output from Indonesia. The mine is re­adjusting its operations to 40 per cent of its normal capacity.
Indonesia stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in annual payments, and its demands for greater control could further imperil already dwindling investment in its resources sector, experts warned. The dispute also could undercut Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s campaign to attract foreign investment for infrastructure in a nation stretched across 18,000 islands. The wrangling over Grasberg has already contributed to a rise in global copper prices, which could experience even more upward pressure if the conflict drags on.
“In this current controversy … we’re either going to all win, or we’re all going to lose,” said Freeport chief executive Richard Adkerson. “And unfortunately we’re on a path right now of where we’re all potentially going to lose.”
As part of its push to earn more from the mining sector, Indonesia banned ore exports and placed restrictions on exports of mineral concentrates in 2014 to push companies to invest in domestic smelting.
Now, Indonesian officials say the operating agreement for Grasberg needs to be updated to reflect changes in the country’s legal landscape. Indonesia has ­asserted more control over foreign investment with the aim of redistributing economic benefits in a more equitable manner, an ­effort that began after the fall of dictator Suharto.
Freeport has set a deadline of mid-June to start arbitration proceedings and seek damages if it can’t come to a deal with Jakarta. Indonesian is standing firm.
“Nobody wants to play hardball,’’ said Luhut Pandjaitan, Co-ordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, which oversees the min­istry of energy and mineral resources. “But of course we also feel that after 50 years we also have to consider the people of Indonesia.” Freeport has operated in Indonesia since the 1960s.
In a statement on March 7, the ministry said it supported foreign and domestic investment and respected existing agreements. It said the divestment obligation was meant to “facilitate” mining companies to join with the government and “bring justice” for the people of Indonesia as the ­“absolute” owners of the country’s resource wealth.
Sitting atop a mountain in western New Guinea island, Grasberg has been a windfall for Indonesia and Freeport. The company’s success at Grasberg ­allowed Freeport to grow to become the world’s largest publicly listed copper miner — and Indonesia’s largest taxpayer.
Indonesia is requiring that Freeport agree to divest enough shares so that the company has only a minority stake in its Indonesian unit as part of new rules that will allow Freeport to resume the export of copper concentrates. Freeport currently has a 90.64 per cent stake and has agreed to divest up to 30 per cent. The new rules would also require Freeport to build a new smelter by 2022 and pay higher taxes.
Indonesian officials have signalled some willingness to be flexible about the terms and timing of the divestment. It can be done in stages over several years, Mr Pandjaitan said.
Freeport said the rules violated its operating contract and it would not give up its rights to a mine in which it has invested $US12 billion.
Freeport is holding on while other miners have left Indonesia. Last year, Newmont Mining and BHP Billiton sold off interests in their Indonesian units to local firms and exited the country, citing heavier regulation as a factor.
Mining revenue as a share of economic growth in Indonesia has dropped since exports were restricted. Companies now are more wary of investing in countries where the risks are perceived to be high amid economic uncertainty. That has raised concerns about the prospects for Indonesia’s mining industry.
“The more these sort of stories come about and the more political risk is created from arguments with Freeport, the less new investment will come in,” said David Manley, a senior analyst at the National Resource Governance Institute, a not-for-profit that monitors global energy sectors.

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3) First Papuan appointed police chief outside region
Nethy Dharma Somba The Jakarta Post
Jayapura | Mon, March 20, 2017 | 08:59 am
Papuans have praised National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian for appointing a native to the country's eastermost region as a police chief in Java.
Tito has appointed Adj. Sr. Comr. Semmy Ronny Thabaa, former Nabire Police chief in Papua, as the new chief of Tegal Police in Central Java.
“This is the first such appointment. We give our highest appreciation to General Tito,” chairman of Meepago customs council John NR Gobay, who is also a secretary of the Papuan Customary Council, told The Jakarta Post.
The assignment given to Semmy by Gen. Tito – who was once a Papua Police chief, as he saw it, shows a changing perspective on the way Javanese people see Papuans, who are often considered behind in education and development.
He said now people from other parts of Indonesia could learn that Papuans were well-educated, had good achievements and could perform well in the tasks entrusted to them.
Semmy is a 1995 graduate of the Police Academy. Before he was assigned in Tegal, he was a police chief in Paniai, Jayawijaya and Nabire, all in Papua.
John said Semmy was assertive but a populist, proactive in handling cases and had good communication skills with all walks of life, including those holding different opinions.
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw also appreciated the police chief's move, saying that he hoped Semmy could become a role model for young Papuan police officers. (wit)
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